Production version will be revealed towards the end of the year.
Jaguar’s Model X-rivaling I-Pace was introduced as a concept back in November 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show before travelling to Geneva in eye-catching red attire for its European debut earlier this month. To provide a taste of things to come, Jaguar organized a photo shoot of the Euro concept out on the streets of London prior to the all-electric crossover’s debut in production guise towards the end of 2017.
You’ll have to wait until the second half of 2018 to actually get behind the wheel of an I-Pace, but it should be well worth the wait. Jaguar’s very first EV will take the shape of a stylish crossover with an appealing exterior design that hopefully won’t be watered down on its way to the assembly line. The same thing can be said about the minimalist interior proposing a high-tech look somewhat similar in appearance with the recently introduced Range Rover Velar.
The I-Pace will have the technical specifications to back up the bold styling, with Jaguar promising the production version is going to boast 400 of electric horsepower (almost 300 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 700 Newton-meters (516 pound-feet). That’s going to be enough EV punch to allow the all-wheel-drive crossover run to 60 mph (96 kph) in a brisk four seconds.
Equipped with a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the I-Pace will be able to travel for more than 310 miles (500 kilometers) in the New European Driving Cycle. While that sounds quite impressive, let’s keep in mind NEDC is not what you would call very accurate, so the crossover’s range in the real world won’t reach the 500-km mark. Even so, range anxiety won’t be much of an issue for potential buyers. Should owners be in a real hurry, recharging the battery pack to an 80 percent level will be done in only 90 minutes when using 50-kW DC charging.
Chief designer Ian Callum referred to the I-Pace as being quite possibly the “most important” Jaguar model since the introduction of the legendary E-Type back in the early 1960s, so it’s easy to understand why the all-electric crossover is getting so much attention these days.
Jaguar I-Pace concept in London
JAGUAR I-PACE - THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC MOTORING HITS THE STREETS
- Jaguar I-PACE Concept driven on the streets of London for the first time
- Jaguar’s first electric vehicle - the I-PACE – will be launched in 2018
- Customers can register now at jaguar.co.uk to be one of the first I-PACE owners
(Whitley, Coventry – 15th March 2017). Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle – the Jaguar I-PACE – onto the streets for the first time. Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be revealed in late 2017 and will be on the road in the second half of 2018.
“The feedback on the I-PACE Concept has been fantastic. With the I-PACE Concept we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar inspired aesthetics, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It has surprised people and the enthusiasm for our first electric vehicle has been beyond all my expectations.
“Driving the concept on the streets is really important for the design team. It’s very special to put the car outside and in the real-world. You can see the true value of the I-PACE’s dramatic silhouette and powerful proportions when you see it on the road, against other cars. The I-PACE Concept represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design. For me, the future of motoring has arrived.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
The I-PACE will be a long distance sprinter that accelerates to 60 mph in around 4 seconds, with a range of more than 500km (NEDC cycle) from the 90kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 per cent charge achieved in just 90 minutes using 50kW DC charging.
Compact, lightweight electric motors at the front and rear axles generate a combined output of 400PS and 700Nm of torque, with the all-weather benefits of all-wheel drive. The I-PACE will also deliver the agility, ride comfort and refinement that will set it apart from all other electric vehicles: it will be a true Jaguar and a true drivers’ car.
To be one of the first owners go to jaguar.co.uk and click the ‘I want one’ button